Metro High School Students Assisting Regional Food Bank During COVID-19 Relief Efforts

(OKLAHOMA CITY) –July 7, 2020 - Four high school students from the Oklahoma City metro area are spending their summer working in the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Volunteer Center thanks to Bank of America's Summer Youth Employment Program. 

The program connects high school students across the country with paid summer jobs at nonprofit organizations. The following students joined the Regional Food Bank in June:

  • Millie Martinez, Mustang High School
  • Donald Nguyen, Mustang High School
  • Trakel Pinkston, Putnam City High School
  • Zariah Roberts, Del City High School

In March, the Regional Food Bank closed the doors of its Volunteer Center to the public for the safety of volunteers and staff amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of organizing and leading volunteer activities, the students are packing emergency food boxes to help meet the increased need for food assistance occurring at the Regional Food Bank's network of partner agencies in central and western Oklahoma. 

"The Bank of America Summer Youth are assisting our efforts at such an important time. The work they are doing is crucial to providing meals to Oklahoma families who are living with food insecurity," said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank. "We are thankful for this partnership with Bank of America and are grateful for the support they offer year-round."

The Regional Food Bank's partner agencies have seen a significant increase in the number of new clients requesting food assistance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April and May, the Regional Food Bank distributed 10.3 million pounds of food, 900,000 pounds more than an average two-month period. 

Learn more about the work the Regional Food Bank is doing to fight hunger in Oklahoma by visiting